Our jet-setting hero heads to the stars after a mysterious encounter. The adventures get bigger, but is Jupiter Jet ready for it?
Jupiter Jet takes to the skies and beyond in her latest adventure. Not only will she continue to protect her hometown of Olympic Heights from the remnants of the Praetors’ forces, but now she heads to the stars after meeting a strange new jet-pack wearing adventurer. Her world was already greatly expanded after learning she wasn’t on earth, but on a far-off moon colony. Now it’s about to get a whole lot bigger.
Where the original series set the foundation for this character and this world, Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio builds a skyscraper on top of that. It’s more than just digging further into the mythos around these aliens and the future of humanity. The main character is still a kid at only 17 years old and she has a lot to learn. That sounds like something an old person would say, but that’s not the vibe here. It’s more that there are some thing she idolized or thought true as a child that she quickly learns were not all they’re cracked up to be as she approaches adulthood.
Writers Jason Inman & Ashley Victoria Robinson explore this idea well all while packing this graphic novel with exciting adventure. It’s not all about jet-setting through space, although there’s a fair amount of that. While this is great from Jupiter Jet’s perspective, the mysterious Black Flyer she runs into is somewhat problematic. It’s not just that the Flyer is flawed as everyone has issues of their own. It’s that she doesn’t seem to have any real personality of her own. Her decisions and actions flip flop based on the needs of the plot instead of her own. It stops just short of a redemption story.
The artwork from Ben Matsuya is a real stand out for Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio. The old-timey look and feel of Olympic Heights is blended with the sci-fi nature of space travel and alien worlds. It’s a nice mix that works really well. Elizabeth Kramer’s colors aid in this juxtaposition too. We go from the quaint setting of the city that looks utterly normal to the vast reaches of space where anything can happen.
The character work is top notch. You can’t help but side with Jupiter Jet in every situation. She has a scrappy can-do attitude and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. There’s a nice sequence where she walks into a saloon on an alien world like she owns the place. You can see her start to put the pieces together about the truth of this new adventure and she’s troubled by it, but also full of determination.
While Jupiter Jet is out in space, her kid brother, Charles is taking up the super hero role back home. This leads to some fun antic. Letterer Taylor Esposito emphasizes one of my favorite moments in the book, when Charles is hit with a sleep toxin-infused lipstick and gets all fluttered. Or maybe he just fainted from the beautiful woman that kissed him. His dialogue changes to proper case and the font gets smaller.
Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio is just plain fun. As this is a follow up series, it takes some getting used to if you haven’t read the original title, but it’s nothing that will prevent you from jumping right in. If the Rocketeer was a teenage girl and fought aliens instead of Nazis, it would be Jupiter Jet. What’s not to love about that?